This Was the Day

Some of the volunteers waiting to get started in the break room at Mission Central.  Our friend Urafiki has been set up to cheer us on

Some of the volunteers waiting to get started in the break room at Mission Central. Our friend Urafiki has been set up to cheer us on

I am sitting across from a very tired husband whose t-shirt is still soaked from loading and who is now trying to fill out all the required paper work for WAMA, our Tanzanian importing ministry in Dar-es-Salaam.  It’s been quite a day loading 28, 993 pounds of “stuff” and send it on its way on a long ocean journey.  A couple of times today we almost packed one of the helpers who sat atop of pallets receiving loose packing materials ( think old clothes) so that nothing will shift in the ocean currents.  Going today are 3000 plus collegiate textbooks, 110 computers with accessories, a pallet of sewing machines for the vocational training center, medical supplies and equipment too numerous to tell about here, a few personal belongings for our Tanzanian pastors, over a hundred soccer balls and sports equipment for the local boarding school and……3 bicycles.  It took about fifteen volunteers, two fast-learning-curve lectures about packing a container and everyone’s prayers and good wishes to get it done.  What was most amazing was that the thunderstorms we were expecting today came in early morning and then stayed south of us for the rest of the day.  Those prayer warriors in Pa and Tanzania are sure doing their jobs.  It’s done and the container is on its way.  Godspeed with our prayers, wishes and hopes.  May what we send bring joy to to those who accept it on the other side of the world.

Randy doing a dangerous stunt a week before the trip, trying to balance the load going into the container.

Randy doing a dangerous stunt a week before the trip, trying to balance the load going into the container.

Getting close.

Getting close.

The container (twice as large as last year's is getting sealed and leaving.  Godspeed.

The container (twice as large as last year’s is getting sealed and leaving. Godspeed.

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2 thoughts on “This Was the Day

  1. John Mwasakilali on said:

    Randy, it makes us so happy,, seeing how busy your. We always praying for your Family , your friends and you. May God bless you .

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